Although the winters are cold in Ukraine and spells of extremely cold weather occur when easterly winds blow from Siberia, the winter is shorter than in the neighbouring areas of northern and central European Russia, and the spring thaw comes earlier.
The table for Kiev shows weather typical of north-central Ukraine. Towards the south, the climate becomes warmer. The south coast of the Crimean peninsula has mild winters, and it is a popular summer holiday resort. Although the summer climate here is sunny, with ten or more hours of sunshine a day, rain falls all the year round.
The table for Simferopol is representative of weather on the south coast of the Crimean peninsula.
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